Close contest for Taranaki

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012

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Taranaki's title hopes at the national interprovincial men's tournament in Dunedin disappeared yesterday, but not without a fight.

Needing to win their only match at the Balmacewen course after a morning-round bye, Taranaki came out blazing against one of the leading teams, Wellington.

With Taranaki and Wellington each picking up two wins, it came down to a battle between the two No 2 players, with Jamie Reid carrying Taranaki hopes.

Wellington broke the deadlock with a birdie three on the par-four 17th to go one up and when both players halved the par-four 18th, Wellington clinched overall honours, 3-2.

Taranaki No 1 Brad Hayward hammered Marc Jennings, 7 and 6. Taranaki's other win was courtesy of No 5 Brook Gray, 2 and 1 over Peter Brinsdon. No 3 Zac Lewis lost his match 3 and 2 to James Donnelly, while No 4 Joseph Doyle went down narrowly, 2 and 1, to Adam Church. Today, Taranaki play Hawke's Bay.

Canterbury lost 3-2 to hosts Otago but bounced back with a 3 -1 win over Poverty Bay-East Coast. Auckland were upset 4-1 by Manawatu-Whanganui, then hit back with a 3-2 win over Aorangi.

Otago were rolled 5-0 by Tasman, while Poverty Bay-East Coast beat North Harbour, 4-1. Southland won 4-1 over Hawke's Bay and 3 -1 over Waikato.

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